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Alisha Pegan

Renew Boston Community Outreach Fellow

As a lifelong sustainability enthusiast, I am energized to be part of the Greenovate Boston team to promote energy efficiency initiatives for residents in Boston. I host workshops, increase the team’s online presence, and encourage everyone I meet to sign up for a Home Energy Audit.

In May 2017, I finished my undergraduate education at Wellesley College for Environmental Studies and Olin College for Sustainable Design Engineering. But, my journey into sustainability really began as a child after my family moved to a Buddhist monastery in Northern California called the "City of Ten Thousand Buddhas." The nuns, monks, and laypeople there respected and cherished every thing. I learned quickly to finish every grain of rice on my plate, to aid the earthworms crawling on the sidewalk, and to re-purpose my yogurt containers into planters. When I read about solar passive lighting in middle school, I was awestruck and inspired to work in this field.

Since then, I have had the great privilege to travel and learn about many different aspects of sustainability. I lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, for several months to study sustainable urban infrastructure, and fell in love with bikes and wienerbrød. In 2015, I worked in Hangzhou, China, to compose reports on popular sustainable urban strategies for Chinese government officials. Last year, my professor brought me to Sabana Grande, Nicaragua, to learn from a community of solar activists and researchers. Most recently, I was in Clarksdale, Mississippi, working on a youth-led makerspace to deepen my understanding of community development and social sustainability.

I enjoy applying my systems-thinking, design, and data analysis skills during my fellowship. I hope to learn a great deal about how Boston and other cities around the world are designing and developing sustainable systems for their communities.

Feel free to reach me at alisha.pegan@boston.gov if you would like to connect, give us suggestions, or have questions. You can also say hi at any of our Renew Boston events!